Formula E rookie admits he had the ‘wrong idea’ about the series after reaching the podium in only his second race earlier this season.

 

After several years racing in the DTM, Mortara joined the team in Formula E and almost won the race two of the season-opening Hong Kong round before a late spin dropped him to second.

 

It was this eye-catching performance that has led Mortara to be linked to a drive with the team (who he still drives for in DTM) when they enter the series in 18 months’ time.

 

 

“That first race weekend I was quite easily on the pace; I was not forcing it,” he said. “I had the wrong idea about Formula E in my first race weekend, but now I’m starting to realise a little bit more about it if I’m honest.

 

“Now I just need to understand what I [am doing right] but also what I do wrong, but it’s fine because I am a rookie. As long as I understand my mistakes and I am moving forward, then it is fine. This is the important thing about my season; it’s about learning, improving, and being able to show my race craft.”

 

After a double points finish in Hong Kong, Mortara has just one eighth-place finish to show from the previous four rounds. Now at the halfway point in the season, Mortara says the team should be back fighting for points more regularly but is not making any bold predictions for this weekend.

 

“Even if you are quite constant in your results, it’s quite hard to predict anything. You can expect to improve your performance after race weekends, but you don’t know what the others are doing,” he said.

 

“I think that we did improve the car quite a lot for this race; we are starting to understand what is working with our car and what is not. This was one of the problems that we had. Now we understand what to do, and hopefully, it’s enough to be competitive, but it depends on the others.”

 

With Mortara’s DTM employers Mercedes joining Formula E in season six, the Swiss-Italian has been linked to a future drive with the team, but he insists he has a lot to do to put himself in contention.

 

“The way I see Mercedes, it is a premium brand, and whenever they get involved in any project, they do it with full effort. To be chosen as a driver you need to perform,” he said.

“I’m not thinking about season five or six. For me, [Formula E] is a learning process, and I’m thinking race to race and about trying to improve. I need to show that I can be quick and competitive here constantly.

 

“If I can do that then probably I will have an advantage over the people that are not Mercedes drivers, but it’s up to them who they want to put in their car. I need to prove that I am capable of doing the job.”

 

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